QPR Continues Resurgence Under Cifuentes with Clean Sheet Win

QPR secure vital win over Preston, moving 4 points clear of relegation zone under impressive manager Cifuentes. Dykes' goal and defensive solidity highlight team's resurgence, though survival not yet assured.

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QPR Continues Resurgence Under Cifuentes with Clean Sheet Win

QPR Continues Resurgence Under Cifuentes with Clean Sheet Win

Queens Park Rangers secured a vital 1-0 victory over Preston North End on Friday, with striker Lyndon Dykes scoring the decisive goal. The win moves QPR four points clear of the relegation zone with just two matches remaining in the Championship season.

Since taking over as manager in October, Marti Cifuentes has overseen a significant improvement in QPR's fortunes. The team was struggling near the bottom of the table when Cifuentes arrived, but he has guided them to a much safer position, with QPR currently sitting 18th in the standings.

Under Cifuentes' leadership, QPR have tightened up defensively and key players like Ilias Chair and Chris Willock have thrived in his attacking, possession-based system. The Hoops have lost just four of their last 17 games, an impressive run of form that has seen them pull away from the drop zone.

Despite the recent victory, Cifuentes is not taking survival for granted. "The job is not done yet," he stressed to his players. "We need to focus on winning the remaining two games, regardless of the results of other teams. Even if there is nothing to play for in the final game, our mindset will be to win and be competitive."

Why this matters: QPR's resurgence under Cifuentes has been one of the stories of the Championship season. Avoiding relegation would be a significant achievement for a club that looked destined for the drop just a few months ago.

With 50 points, QPR are now almost certain to remain in the Championship next season. However, Cifuentes will be aware that the team could face the prospect of losing some of their best players in the summer transfer window. For now though, QPR can celebrate a crucial win that edges them closer to safety, with Dykes' goal and another clean sheet highlighting the progress made under their impressive manager.

Key Takeaways

  • QPR secured a vital 1-0 win over Preston, moving 4 points clear of relegation.
  • Under manager Marti Cifuentes, QPR have improved defensively and key players have thrived.
  • Cifuentes is not taking survival for granted, urging his team to win the remaining games.
  • QPR's resurgence under Cifuentes has been a Championship story, avoiding relegation a significant achievement.
  • QPR are now almost certain to remain in the Championship, but may face player exits in the summer.